On Ray Rice and Marriage

I got married on April 28, 2012; or less than two and a half years ago. I’m by no means an expert on marriage, but it’s something I hold in high regard. For as long as I remember, even back to high school, marriage was something I looked forward to. I watched my parents and their marriage. I watched my grandparents. I watched my friends’ parents. I even watched TV marriages. If it was about marriage, I wanted to know about it. Within a couple months of dating Nicole, we started talking about marriage. We knew we weren’t ready for it, but we both had an end goal of marriage. We didn’t put pressure on our relationship to force things, but we also didn’t want to avoid the topic. It was something we valued so it became something we talked about.
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The story of how Robin Williams reminded me depression is a jerk

When I read the first tweet that said Robin Williams had died, I let out and audible, “Noooo.” Nicole was in the middle of telling me about her day and I had to interrupt her because my mind had shifted to Googling everything to find out if it was true.  I clicked on the first article that popped up and quickly realized what I feared was true: he didn’t die of natural causes. 
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The story of why I’m rebelling against my generation

I love my generation. Really, I do. There’s so much potential we are just now tapping into. We created Facebook, file sharing, and the Shake Weight. We revolutionized where a video camera can go with the Go Pro. We are more connected than anyone ever. And we have a heart for social justice unlike past generations. If there is a generation that is going to change the world, for good or for bad, it’s going to be us. With that said, there’s one thing about us that bugs me. It’s infiltrated the entire generation. It plagues us and holds us back from ever reaching our full potential:
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The story of why it’s okay to not be okay

If you ever get the chance to watch The Perks of Being a Wallflower at 3AM on a cross country redeye flight: don’t. Let me explain. About a month ago I had the opportunity to go to California with our church leadership to study and learn from another church. It was an amazing trip and we really did learn a lot. With that said, it completely fried our brains. We asked so many questions and heard so many new things that by the time we got to dinner on the third night, we were walking zombies giggling at stupid jokes. After spending our final day relaxing and visiting some famous landmarks, we made our way to the airport for our flight home. Our flight left at 10:30PM California Time. 10:30PM California time is also known as 1:30AM Tennessee time. I had been asleep by 9:30 California time every night of the trip. I can’t sleep on…
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Russell Wilson is a better Christian than me

russell wilson is a better christian than i am. you read that and thought one of two things: 1) no he’s not. it’s not a competition. 2) of course he is. you’re a horrible person. have you met you? in all seriousness, i see a dude like russell wilson and realize that he’s a guy that simply gets it. he understands what this whole christianity thing is about and he lives it to the best of his ability. this week i read a story about blue tuesday where he goes around seeing kids at a seattle hospital. he’s even invited other seattle celebrities like macklemore (yes, the dude who did same love and thrift shop) to join him. i saw a video of him and a few teammates and coaches being interviewed by pastor/author mark driscoll. where most christian celebrities would give canned answers, wilson and his teammates were quoting…
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